Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Recently Read - Vol. 27 (Mar. '18)


It's the second Tuesday of the month, so you know what that means - it's Show Us Your Books link-up day with Steph and Jana.  Alright people, without further ado, let's talk books!  Here's what I read last month:



The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
March 4-10 | Format: Audiobook | My rating: 4/5

Think: The story of a runner who loses part of her leg in an accident and how the experience opens her eyes to the experience of a classmate.

As far as YA books go, I thought this one was well written, poignant, and packed a punch in a short amount of time.  

FINAL VERDICT:  Recommend.



The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
March 10-18 | Format: Audiobook | My rating: 3.5/5

Think:  A whodunnit about a missing baby.

Overall, I liked this book.  I wasn't "wowed" by it, but it was entertaining enough.  There are some definite plot twists, but, much to my surprise, I figured them both out.  I'm not sure if this indicates that my sleuth skills are improving or if the plot twists weren't that complicated or well crafted.

FINAL VERDICT:  Recommend if you are looking for something thriller-ish to help pass the time.



Text Me When You Get Home:  The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship by  Kayleen Schaefer
March 19-28 | Format: Audiobook | My rating: 4/5

Think:  A look at female friendships over and how they have evolved.

If you are looking for a predominately research based book, this probably isn't the book for you.  Rather, Text Me When You Get Home is a brief overview of the evolution of female friendships that the author largely supports by the her own personal experiences.  That's not to imply it was bad, for it wasn't.  This book is just one woman's perspective on the topic with some history and pop culture sprinkled in.

Had it not been that I was searching for a book with "home" or "house" in the title for Erin's latest book challenge, a book shorter than the one I originally chose, I doubt I would've ever stumbled upon this one.  All and all, it was enjoyable enough and it made me think about the female friendships I have and how they have evolved over the decades.   Some parts were more fascinating than others, but overall it was an above average read in my opinion.

FINAL VERDICT:  Coin toss.  I know non-fiction isn't everyone's cup of tea, so that's a factor to consider.  My feelings on this book are neutral.  If you are interested, go for it; if you're not, skip it.



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Have you read any of these books?  If so, what are your thoughts?  What have you read anything interesting lately?



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24 comments:

  1. I have read precisely none of these, including the ones you're currently reading. The Running Dream sounds interesting.

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    1. I stumbled upon it for Erin's challenge. It was a nice surprise!

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  2. I have a friend that keeps talking about Ready Player One on social media so I'm interested to see how you like it.

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    1. This is actually my second time listening to the audiobook. I first listened to it in the summer of 2016. I'm listening to it again before I see the movie. If you are interested, here's a link to the post in which I reviewed it.

      http://edb214.blogspot.com/2016/08/recently-read-vol-10-july-16.html

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  3. Text Me When You Get Home sounds interesting, but thanks for the heads up that it is mostly anecdotal. As a psych major I really like it when there is science and studies to back up those types of relationship dynamics...but know that most of the target audience probably doesn't agree :-p

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    1. Yes, it wasn't very academic, but it was enjoyable enough. :)

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  4. EEEEk i hope you are loving The Great Alone! That was an amazing WONDERFUL book. I am super reluctant to read The Couple Next Door even though I've heard it is good...I just feel as a mother, the missing baby part would bother me a lot. But maybe it would be okay still? I am torn on that one.

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    1. I'm looking forward to it! I've had very good luck with Kristin Hannah so far, so I'm hoping to continue the streak with The Great Alone.

      I'm not sure (about the missing baby part). I don't have kids, so I just took it as face value and didn't thing anything beyond it being fiction. I guess it could go either way.

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  5. I've heard so many things about The Great Alone, I definitely need to read that one. I recently heard about Text Me When You Get Home too and I'm intrigued by the concept for sure, I may need to check that one out!

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  6. The Running Dream sounds interesting, I'm going to check it out.

    I got really angry part way into The Couple Next Door!! I don't even remember how it ends anymore!

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  7. The Couple Next Door is on my TBR and I think (errrr hope) that I put myself on the waiting list for The Great Alone. Crap. I can't remember if I did or not. Now I gotta go check! :D

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  8. Text Me When You Get Home sounds interesting. i really enjoyed both the books you are currently reading, so i hope you like them too. i had mixed feelings on the couple next door, but i think i remember guessing the twist as well.

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  9. I loved The Great Alone hard. I hope you do too.

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  10. I do really like non fiction and I've had Text Me When You Get Home on my to-read list for awhile, so I'd like to check it out at some point. Thanks for all your reviews!!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  11. I've heard great things about Ready Player One!

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  12. I put The Great Alone on hold after the last linkup and I think the wait list is now down to 5 months. I'm very excited to read it, though.

    I enjoyed Ready Player One. A LOT.

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  13. I feel the exact same way about The Couple Next Door. It was good but not my favorite thriller that I’ve ever read. I really want to read Ready Player One, even more now that it’s a movie too!

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  14. I'm debating reading Ready Player One because I just watched the movie and typically I don't read the novel afterwards since I know what happens. I may try it though, since I already have it. Have you read "MWF seeking BFF: My Year Long Search For a New Best Friend"? "Text Me When You Get Home..." sounds a bit like that one.

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  15. Text Me When You Get Home sounds really interesting.

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    1. It thought it was and am very glad I stumbled upon it.

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  16. I thought The Couple Next Door was like thriller "light". I picked up Lapena's second book (A Stranger in the House) because I thought maybe it'd be good and maybe stronger but it wasn't...I can almost literally never remember what it's about.

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    1. Thiller "light!" I like that! I'll have to remember that next time when I'm struggling to find a synonym for thriller-ish! LOL!

      That's not good when you can't remember what a book is about, not even the basic premise. I've had a few books like that, books that made zero impression on me.

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  17. The Running Dream sounds really good! I have heard nothing bad about Ready Player One or The Great Alone! Enjoy!! :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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    1. I liked it. It was simple, yet thought provoking and had a very positive message.

      This is the second time I've read (well, listened to) Ready Player One. I'm not a gamer or a sci-fi fan, but there's just something about this book that I love. I love the uniqueness of the story and, of course, all the 80s references.

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